2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1: Ultimate In-Depth Guide


2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Overview

Going into the 2021 model year, the Mustang community knew that the winds of change were just over the horizon. Ford had already unveiled plans to retire the Mustang GT350, once 2020 production drew to a close. However, this news did not come without a silver lining.

Taking the GT350’s place within the 2021 Mustang lineup would be a sixth-generation Mach 1. Ultimately, the 2021 Mach 1, has proved itself every bit as worthy of carrying this storied designation, as any of the high-output pony cars of the 1960s and 70s. In its latest form, the Mach 1 features a 5.0-liter Coyote V8, paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Alternatively, consumers can opt for the purchase of a ten-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

The 2021 Mach 1 is also the benefactor of a specialty handling package, which comes complete with 305/30R19 (front) and 315/30R19 (rear) tires, as well as MagneRide dampers. This high-output Mustang also features a Selectable Power-Assisted Steering System (EPAS).

Model 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Generation 6th Generation Mustang
Type 2 Door
Body Styles Coupe/Fastback
Engines 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 Engine
Original Price $53,400 (Base Fastback), $55,300 (Premium)
Units Produced TBD

Background & Details

The Ford Mustang has now been in production for more than five decades, all the while, serving as a true performance car for the masses. Throughout this period of time, Ford has frequently revitalized the Mustang lineup, by offering numerous specialty packages and race-inspired model derivatives. Naturally, many of these iconic pony cars have amassed quite the following.

However, few Mustangs have garnered the same degree of fanfare as the legendary Mach 1. The Mach 1 initially debuted during the 1969 model year and remained in production until 1978. The years that followed would see the Mach 1 nameplate fade into obscurity, only to be briefly resurrected during fourth-generation production.

Then, in the spring of 2020, Ford made a series of announcements detailing plans to once again revive the Mach 1 moniker, this time after a hiatus of more than a decade. The Mach 1’s release coincided with the retirement of another iconic Mustang sub-model, the GT350. The Mach 1 was meant to fill many of the gaps, serving as an all-around performer that was just as nimble on the streets as it was on the track.

Equipped with a 5.0 Coyote powerplant and a 6-speed manual transmission, the 2021 Mach 1 churns out 480 horsepower. However, the 2021 Mach 1 is far more than just a superb straight-line performer. The Mach 1 is quite adept at powering through even the tightest of curves, thanks to the addition of numerous upgraded steering and suspension upgrades.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 in blue, front view
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Models & Packages

2021 Mustang Mach 1 Coupe/Fastback

Ford has brought the famed Mustang Mach 1 out of retirement for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Mach 1 is being offered in limited quantities and is largely heralded as the manufacturing giant’s direct response to concerns expressed over the discontinuation of the legendary GT350. In many ways, the Mach 1 bridges the gap left behind by the GT350’s absence quite well. This high-performance pony car blends unwavering straight line performance with next-level handling capabilities, to provide consumers with a driving experience like none other.

Like the 2021 GT Fastback, the Mach 1 features a high-output version of Ford’s highly-revered 5.0 Coyote V8. This engine is paired to either a Tremec six-speed manual or ten-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, depending upon a consumer’s preferences. Power is transferred to the pavement through a 3.73 Torsen Limited-Slip rear axle assembly. All things considered, the Mach 1 dishes out 480 horsepower, and 420 lb.-ft. of torque.

Many have also praised the 2021 Mustang Mach 1’s superior handling capabilities, much of which can be attributed to the car’s use of MagneRide adaptive shock absorbers, upgraded front springs, and adjustable strut top mounts. The Mach 1’s chassis has even been specifically tuned to optimize cornering stability.

The Mach 1’s appearance is also quite unique, paying apparent tribute to the earlier specialty Mustangs for which it is named. Some of the most noteworthy of these cosmetic upgrades include a custom front fascia, as well a signature striping along the Mach 1’s sides and hood.

Yellow Ford Mustang Mach 1 Right Side View
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2021 Mustang Mach 1 Premium

The Mach 1, in its Premium Package format, features upgraded body paneling, much of which is inherently aerodynamic by design. The selection of this package also yields additional paint/interior trim options, which are not available in conjunction with base model offerings.

This package includes the following:

  • Option of Fighter Jet Gray Exterior
  • Recaro Cloth Sport Seats
  • 19-inch Dark Tarnished painted aluminum wheels
  • Michelin 2 Tires
  • Adjustable Top Strut Mounts
  • Front Sport Bumper
  • Blade decklid spoiler
  • Rear split bench folding seat
  • Selectable drive modes

Mach 1 Enhanced Security Package

The 2021 Mach 1 can be optioned to include Ford’s Enhanced Security Package. As its name would suggest, this package aims at curbing theft, by providing additional security measures where it matters the most.

This package includes the following.

  • Electronic-locking center console
  • Electronic steering column lock
  • Wheel locking kit

Mach 1 Appearance Package

The Appearance Package aims to turn heads, by amping up the Mach 1’s cosmetic appeal. The selection of this package allows consumers access to otherwise unavailable paint, striping, and trim options.

This package includes the following.

  • Orange Brake Calipers
  • Fighter Jet Gray Paint
  • Black stripe w/orange accent kit
  • Ebony w/orange accent interior

Mach 1 Elite Package

Selection of the Elite Package yields a comprehensive list of audio system upgrades, while also providing the Mach 1 with a number of premium security enhancements.

This package includes the following.

  • B&O Sound System
  • 12-speakers w/ subwoofer
  • HD Radio
  • Electronic-locking center console
  • Electronic steering column lock
  • Wheel locking kit

Mach 1 Equipment Group 700A

When selecting the Equipment Group 700A package, consumers are provided with a host of upgraded interior amenities. The bulk of these upgrades are aimed at enhancing the Mach 1’s eye appeal, though a number of included features also provide functional value as well.

This package includes the following.

  • Premier Trim w/Color Accent Group
  • Accent stitched center console lid
  • Wrapped knee bolsters w/accent stitching
  • Color accented door trim
  • Premium floor mats
  • Climate-controlled front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Seatback map pockets
  • Memory driver’s seat
  • Aluminum foot pedals

Mach 1 Handling Package

The Handling Package equips the Mach 1 with upgraded steering and suspension components, as well as high-performance wheels and tires, in a bid to amplify the vehicle’s cornering capabilities.

This package includes the following.

  • 19-inch aluminum wheels
  • Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires
  • Adjustable top strut mounts
  • Swing rear spoiler w/Gurney flap
  • Special Chassis tuning
  • Custom front splitter
2021 Ford Mach 1 with Appearance Package Upgrade
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Specifications, Options & Detailed Stats

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Production Numbers

2021 production numbers have yet to be published, as the Mach 1 was not officially offered until the latter portion of the first quarter.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Options and Pricing

Options Description Retail Price
Base Model 2 Door Mach 1 Coupe/Fastback $53,400.00
Base Model 2 Door Mach 1 Premium $55,300.00
10 Speed Auto-Transmission +1595.00
Enhance Security Package +395.00
Appearance Package +1,000.00
Elite Package +1295.00
Equipment Group 700A +1595.00
Handling Package Available on 6-speed and 10-speed transmissions +3,500.00

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Exterior & Interior Colors

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Interior View
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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is available in the following 11 colors: Shadow Black, Oxford White, Velocity Blue, Iconic Silver, Race Red, Twister Orange, Antimatter Blue, Carbonized Gray, Rapid Red, and Grabber Yellow. It is also available in Fighter Jet Gray (Appearance Package Exclusive).

The 2021 Mach 1’s interior is available in the following colors, or color combinations: Ebony, Ebony w/ Metal Gray Accents, Ebony w/ Orange Accents, and Ebony w/ Dove Accents.

There are 3 stripe options available for the 2021 Mach 1, the specifics of which are as follows.

The Black Stripe w/ White Accent kit is available in combination with these colors:

  • Twister Orange
  • Grabber Yellow
  • Velocity Blue
  • Race Red

The Black Stripe w/ Red Accent kit is available in combination with these colors:

  • Shadow Black
  • Iconic Silver
  • Oxford White

The Black Stripe w/ Orange Accent kit is available in combination with Fighter Jet Gray, which is only available when selecting the Appearance Package option.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Engine Specifications

The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is motivated by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT Coyote V8. This engine’s lineage can be traced back to 2011 when Ford first introduced its initial Coyote V8 offering. The all-aluminum, dual overhead cam V8 uses Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing to maximize power delivery, while also reducing fuel consumption. This translates to improved power with each stab of the accelerator, without increased pain at the pump.

Currently, all 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engines are produced at Ford’s Windsor, Ontario, manufacturing facility.

Engine Type 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 Engine
Horsepower 480 @ 7,000 rpm
Torque 420 @ 4,600rpm
Compression Ratio 11.0:2
Bore and Stroke 92.2 x 92.7 mm
Fuel Delivery Sequential Multi-port Electronic Fuel Injection
Exhaust Bright 4″ Dual Exhaust tips
Fuel Consumption 15city/23hwy/18combined
Transmission Type 6-speed manual with Rev Matching
Engine Block Material Aluminum
Cylinder Head Material Aluminum
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Dimensions & Weight

Description Measure Mach 1
Wheelbase 107.1 inches
Exterior Length 188.5 inches
Exterior Height 54.3 inches
Width Excluding Mirrors 75.4 inches
Trunk Capacity 13.5 cu.ft.
Curb Weight (manual/auto) 3,844 lbs
Gas Tank Capacity 16 gal

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Performance

Below we have 0-60 mph, top speed, quarter-mile, and other performance times for the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 range, where they are available.

0-60 mph 4.3 sec
0-100 mph 9.9 sec
150 mph 24.4 sec
¼ mile 12.6
Top Speed 163 mph
Braking 60-0 96 feet

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 VIN Information

2021 Ford Mustang VIN Decoder Diagram

This link will take you to a page that contains the VIN tag information for all years of Mustangs. Previously, this information appeared on each Mustang’s year page but consolidating it has significantly reduced page loading times.

Yellow and Blue 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Parked Side by Side
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